Agrarian Issues

BJP Govt Doubling Farmers’ Woes Instead of Incomes: AIKS

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 4, has said that the Narendra Modi led BJP government has yet again betrayed its promises of providing remunerative minimum support prices (MSP) to farmers by announcing MSP of Rabi crops for marketing season 2019-20 far below the promised C2+50 percent. It is notable that this comes just after the much-hyped claims after farmers’ protests on October 3, that the BJP government will address all concerns of the farmers including their demand for MSP according to Swaminathan Commission recommendations.

AIKS Condemns Police Brutality on Protesting Farmers

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on October 2, has condemned the barbaric police action on protesting farmers at the borders of Delhi. The farmers organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have been peacefully marching as part of Kisan Kranti Yatra from Haridwar since September 23 raising genuine demands of the peasantry. They were to reach the Kisan Ghat on October 2, 2018.

The State of the Peasantry Today

THIS year in June, the prime minister boasted that he was taking major steps to ensure that the income of farmers doubled in the next three years, i.e., by 2022. These remarks came in the context of sustained and often coordinated peasant struggles throughout the country, which highlighted the deteriorating plight of the farmers. The fact of the existence of suffering farmers, more than 12,000 of whom have committed suicide every year since 2012 (and more than three lakhs since the mid-1990s),  has been largely denied by successive governments.

Historic Betrayal of Farmers: BJP Govt Denies Promised C2+50% & Assured Procurement

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP had generated high hopes and got the support of farmers in 2014 elections by promising the implementation of the Swaminathan commission recommendation of fixing MSP according to the formula C2+50 percent. It has betrayed them yet again by announcing MSP for the Kharif crops based on A2+FL costs instead of the promised more comprehensive C2 costs. Also no steps have been taken to ensure assured procurement. Without assured procurement any such announcement is only notional and will not accrue to the cultivating peasantry.

OECD-ICRIER Report on Farm Situation: Correct Diagnosis, Wrong Medicine

THE All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on July 10, has noted that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (OECD-ICRIER) Report on the farm situation vindicates its position that the neoliberal economic policies have adversely affected the peasantry and accentuated the agrarian crisis in the country. The report has rightly diagnosed that farming in India has been unremunerative for two decades. According to the report the gross farm revenues fell 14 percent on average between 2000 and 2016.

AIAWU Working Committee Meets in Maharashtra

THE central working committee of AIAWU met at Nasik (Maharashtra) on June 19-20. 32 comrades attended the meeting from Kerala, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. The general secretary’s report had noted that the all-round attack on the rural cash economy, the hard hit farming sector, unemployment and the loss of jobs in agriculture, in construction as well as in small-scale rural businesses, is hurting the mass of the rural people and driving them to ruin and starvation.

MAHARASHTRA: Thousands of Peasants Participate in AIKS Struggle

JUNE 1, 2018 marked the first anniversary of the beginning of the historic united farmers’ strike in Maharashtra, which lasted for 11 days. The AIKS played a key role in the strike. This strike forced the unwilling BJP-led state government to concede a Rs 34,000 crore loan waiver package, declaring that Rs 1.5 lakh would be waived per farmer. However, the onerous set of conditions that it imposed threw lakhs of farmers out of the loan waiver net.

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